DAR Pays Tribute to Marian Anderson on 70th Anniversary of Lincoln Memorial Concert
The DAR deeply regrets that Marian Anderson was not given the opportunity to perform her 1939 Easter concert in Constitution Hall because of her race. Today, however, we join with all Americans in paying tribute to her memory and commemorating such a pivotal event in the struggle for racial equality.
DAR welcomed Marian Anderson to Constitution Hall on a number of occasions soon after 1939, including a benefit concert for war relief in 1943. It is also meaningful to us that Ms. Anderson chose Constitution Hall as the place to launch her farewell American tour in 1964. The DAR presented Ms. Anderson with the DAR Centennial Medallion in 1992 which recognizes women who gave outstanding service to the nation. In 2005, DAR was privileged to host the dedication ceremony of the Marian Anderson commemorative stamp at the invitation of the United States Postal Service and Ms. Anderson’s family.
Today, Constitution Hall is a venue used by numerous, diverse groups who bring major entertainment to
For more information on the DAR and Marian Anderson, please visit the DAR public Web site at www.dar.org/mariananderson.
SOURCE Daughters of the American Revolution